Private Dog Training Lessons

100% Personalized Dog Training Lessons For You And Your Dog That Uses Only Positive Training Techniques For Lifelong Success.

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Private Dog Training Lessons

100% Personalized Dog Training Lessons For You And Your Dog That Uses Only Positive Training Techniques For Lifelong Success.

We can address many of the behaviours your dog might need to work on:

Puppy Training: Leash Pulling Nice Walking

Loose Leash Walking

Puppy Training: Running Away Bad Recall

Come When Called

Puppy Training: Jumping Up Greeting

Polite Greeting

Puppy Training: Chewing

Appropriate Chewing

Puppy Training: Biting

Gentle Play

Puppy Training: Stealing Food & Counter Surfing

Four On The Floor

Puppy Training: Table Etiquette, Food & Begging

Food Manners

Puppy Training: Leash Aggression


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It was cute when they were little, but now it’s a problem.

The good news is, adult dogs are highly trainable with the tools you will learn.

Whether your dog has just turned one year old, or is a senior whose old habits can no longer be ignored, there is help.

Other pet guardians may be here, not because their dog has a problem, but because they have been bitten by the training bug and are searching for ways to advance their training.


Loose Leash Calm and Call Package

This package of 4 one on one, 1 hour lessons and 4 weeks of online support offers you all the benefits of the Loose Leash Joy package but is meant for dogs who are over-exuberant on leash and whose owners also need to rework and hone a solid recall behaviour.

Cost: $396.00

Reactivity Response Package

Here you will learn management techniques as your dog plays pattern games to help reset his/her responses to stimuli which disturb her. There will be an emphasis on attention to you, the guardian and a re-wiring of what to do when a “threat” approaches. This process takes a little practice, so it is offered as 6 sessions plus online support.

Cost: $594.00

Custom Package

Your dog and your lifestyle are unique. This package offers you the opportunity to work one on one with a trainer for 5 sessions, plus online support, using a training plan designed just for you. Contact us and tell us about your situation for more details.

Cost: $495.00

Contact me for a free discussion of your issues and/or goals so that we can determine together the best package for you.
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Adolescent dogs are different from puppies and adult dogs.

At the age of approximately 5 months, dogs enter a different stage in their maturation.

You might notice that training that was going well a month ago suddenly seems to be lost. It is not, but adolescents, whether canine or human, are searching for independence and may appear to be “testing the boundaries.”

The good news is, that training begun now is very effective in helping your dog through this stage and to enter adulthood without solidifying the testing behaviours he or she is trying out.

Depending on the behaviour(s) you need to address, contact me to discuss whether a package of 4, 5, or 6 sessions is right for you.

"Claire was so professional from the get go. She is so patient and prepared with whatever Benito threw her way. I especially loved how personalized our sessions were and how conscious she was in making sure we were getting the most out of our sessions. Amazing follow ups and tools for both of us to succeed! I cannot explain how much working with her has helped us with finally enjoying our walks together."
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So, How Exactly Are We Going To Train Your Dog?

Clicker training is a positive reinforcement-only method that makes use of a small, handheld, mechanical noisemaker called a 'clicker'. We make an association between the sound, and a reward. It’s a technique that has been used in cooperative care in zoos and in marine mammal training for decades and now it is giving us a clear and concise way to speak to our dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

I know you probably have a thousand questions about your dog's training and I try to answer the most popular ones here.

If you have any questions that aren't mentioned here, please be sure to get in touch and I'll be happy to answer anything you'd like to know.

Those classes were a great decision and hopefully helped you through socialization and puppy basics.

But your dog has grown and changed and so continuing his education with adult dog training lessons makes sense.

With each day that passes, either you are training your dog or your dog is training you!

Learning new techniques that will be applicable for your dog’s lifetime will allow you to tackle anything that comes up later with confidence.
That’s ok, and it’s never too late to start.

It may take a couple of weeks in order to achieve that Light Bulb Moment, but the language of the clicker is understood so much faster in novice dogs than voice commands and verbal praise alone.

$360 for 4 sessions.

At Companion Avenue, you save $10/session when you opt for a package of 4 or more dog training lessons.

Each session in the package is just $90 for customized and personal attention.

And while group classes may be cheaper, you won’t get the in-home, one-on-one program that is designed for your unique family and dog.

Group classes have their pros and cons.

With private dog training lessons, you get to address your unique needs one-on-one with a trainer who will take the time to make sure your skills are complete.

I also offer support between sessions which you would not find in a group setting.

Private training at Companion Avenue is 100% customized so that the lesson plan never covers behaviours that you don’t need.
While real change of an established problem behaviour takes time (think months, not weeks), you will be provided with management strategies to get you out of sticky spots immediately until the training can take shape.

Remember that your dog is only doing what he believes to work and we are about to change the rules.

It’s like therapy; it will involve feelings for your dog that we will need to work through.
No, the clicker is a teaching tool that is invaluable for learning new behaviours, but once the skill is solid for the dog, a verbal marker such as “yes” can be substituted.

You’ll need to continue to reinforce your dog to keep the behaviour strong, but you aren’t married to the clicker indefinitely.
Yes and no.

As we continue to manage the pandemic, outdoor spaces are ideal. If you have a yard or quiet outdoor space near your home, I can meet you there.

This is best while the weather is good.

There are no cancelation penalties for weather related rescheduling.

A park, however, is not a suitable option for a dog who is just beginning his or her training as there are too many distractions.

If your home does not have a suitable space, you can come to my training studio near Lawrence and Don Mills, or we can work virtually while you stay right at home.
The beauty of the clicker is that it lends itself to all ages and abilities.

If you are concerned about having to use your hands, a whistle can be substituted, and for those who worry that they cannot hear the clicker themselves, the feel of it is unmistakable.

I have experience working with people from the Deaf community and clients with ASD, and welcome those with other challenges.

If mobility is an issue, I can come to your home for the sessions as I routinely do so with any student.
Through clicker training, all is possible.

Preparation for Canine Good Neighbour testing and St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog testing can begin once your have a few foundation behaviours well established.

I can also help you to prepare for a Rally Novice trial put on by the Canadian Kennel Club or a Trick Dog Title through Do More With Your Dog!

And of course, training just for the love of your dog and the process is a worthy goal all on its own, too.
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Pricing & Packages

Save on the hourly rate with a 5 or 6 session package, save time with the "Day Training" option, these dog training packages can accommodate the busiest people with the most hectic schedules.

All of the packages come with flexible scheduling, hours that don’t expire, and can take place at your home, my training area in North York, or by remote video.

Single Session

$ 100
  • Perfect For Refreshers
  • Address One Behaviour
  • Valid For 12 Weeks

4 Sessions

$ 396
  • Great For Getting Started
  • Best For Puppies
  • Valid For 12 Weeks

5 Sessions

$ 495
  • My Most Popular Package
  • Best For Puppies
  • Valid For 12 Weeks

6 Sessions

$ 594
  • Great For Problem Behaviours
  • Most Comprehensive
  • Valid For 12 Weeks

Day Training

$ 270
  • I Do Your Homework
  • One-On-One With Trainer
  • Valid For 12 Weeks

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